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Cambridge Studies in Romanticism : Reinventing Allegory Series Number 22 - Theresa M. Kelley

Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

Reinventing Allegory Series Number 22

Paperback Published: 9th December 2010
ISBN: 9780521157773
Number Of Pages: 364

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Reinventing Allegory asks how and why allegory has survived as a literary mode from the late Renaissance to the postmodern present. Three chapters on Romanticism, including one on the painter J.M.W. Turner, present this era as the pivotal moment in allegory's modern survival, while other chapters describe larger historical and philosophical contexts, from classical rhetoric to recent theory and metafiction. Using a series of key historical moments to define the special character of modern allegory, this study assesses allegory's role in comtemporary literary culture.

Review of the hardback: 'A learned and ambitious study ... a powerful achievement ... On every page, Kelley's meticulous, subtle close readings engage in, rather than simply demonstrate, the demanding dialectical work of allegorical figuration ... For decades to come - and for readers well beyond the field of Romanticism - it will be a touchstone for all critical discussion of allegory, modernity, and much else besides.' Romantic Circles
Review of the hardback: 'Readers concerned with this still crucial element of literary and artistic practice will find a great deal within this book which is stimulating, original and worthy of further investigation.' Romanticism
"... a learned and ambitious study. It is a powerful achievement. Kelley's reinvention of allegory lies in her fresh and vital sense of the capacity for allegory to become a formidable agent of cultural critique and subversion on one hand, and of repression on the other. On every page, Kelley's meticulous subtle close readings engage in, rather than simply demonstrate, the demanding dialetical work of allegorical figuration. Of this allegorist of capability, one wants to ask: of what is Theresa Kelley not capable? This imposing, accomplished and valuable book gives no hints. For decades to come -- and for readers well beyond the field of Romanticism--it will be a touchstone for all critical discussion of allegory, modernity, and much else besides." Esther Schor for Romantic Circles Website
"Reinventing Allegory is an ambitious, wide-ranging book...Kelley's book is illuminating about the rich difficulties of allegory..." Andrew Elfenbein, Spenser Newsletter
"...a powerful achievement..." Esther Schor, Romantic Circles Reviews
"Theresa Kelley's study of allegory in modernity is firmly grounded in the Romantic period, even as it ventures back to the late sixteenth century and marches forward to the later twentieth." Walter Reed, European Romantic Review
"Kelley traces embattled allegory into the postmodern climate in her deeply researched book, creating a new benchmark for her subject that will endure beyond many changes in critical fortune." Douglas B. Wilson, Albion
"One of the joys of reading Reinventing Allegory is Kelley's lucid and witty prose style." South Central Review

List of illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
List of abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Allegory, phantasia, and Spenserp. 15
ôMaterial phantasmsö and ôAllegorical fanciesöp. 43
Allegorical personsp. 70
Romantic ambivalences Ip. 93
Romantic ambivalences IIp. 135
J. M. W. Turner's ôAllegoric shapesöp. 176
Allegory and Victorian realismp. 217
Conclusionp. 249
Notesp. 279
Bibliographyp. 312
Indexp. 340
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ISBN: 9780521157773
ISBN-10: 0521157773
Series: Cambridge Studies in Romanticism
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 9th December 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.53